My Recent TBR Adds That You Might Not Have Heard Of, Part 6

Since it has been such a long time since I’ve added a new addition to one of my favorite post series, I thought today would be the perfect moment to share an update. What chases away the Monday blues better than sharing new books with each other?! I can’t think of one thing… except maybe caffeine. That’s always important!

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The 55835466Silver Blonde by Elizabeth Ross

A historical mystery set in post-World War II America against the backdrop of Hollywood’s film studios about a murder that threatens to unearth the ghosts of a young German immigrant’s past.

Hollywood, 1946. The war is over, and eighteen-year-old Clara Berg spends her days shelving reels as a vault girl at Silver Pacific Studios, with all her dreams pinned on getting a break in film editing. That and a real date with handsome yet unpredictable screenwriter Gil. But when she returns a reel of film to storage one night, Clara stumbles across the lifeless body of a woman in Vault 5. The costume, the makeup, the ash-blond hair are unmistakable–it has to be Babe Bannon, A-list star. And it looks like murder.

Suddenly Clara’s world is in free-fall, her future in movies upended–not to mention that her refugee parents are planning to return to Germany and don’t want her to set foot on the studio lot again. As the Silver Blonde murder ignites Tinseltown, rumors and accusations swirl. The studio wants a quick solve, but the facts of the case keep shifting. Nothing is what it seems–not even the victim.

Clara finds herself drawn, inevitably, to the murder investigation, and the dark side of Hollywood. But how far is she willing to go to find the truth?

I love Old Hollywood and knowing that there’s a new noir thriller book set right smack in the middle of it? Someone has heard my unspoken prayers! I’m getting some Black Dahlia vibes from this synopsis and I’m here for it.


League of Liars by Astrid Scholte

In this fantasy thriller, four teens charged with murder and the illegal use of magic band together to devise the ultimate jailbreak. Perfect for fans of Six of Crows and How to Get Away with Murder.

Ever since his mother was killed, seventeen-year-old Cayder Broduck has had one goal–to see illegal users of magic brought to justice. People who carelessly use extradimensional magic for their own self-interest, without a care to the damage it does to society or those around them, deserve the worst kind of punishment as far as Cayder is concerned. Because magic always has a price. So when Cayder lands a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to apprentice under a premier public defender, he takes it. If he can learn all the tricks of public defense, the better he’ll be able to dismantle defense arguments when he’s a prosecutor. Then he’ll finally be able to punish the guilty without mercy.

But when he meets the three criminals he’s supposed to defend, it no longer seems so black and white. They’re teenagers, like him, and their stories are . . . complicated, like his. Vardean, the prison where Cayder’s new clients are incarcerated, also happens to be at the very heart of the horrible tear in the veil between their world and another dimension–where all magic comes from.

League of Liars is a dark and twisty mystery set in a richly-drawn world where nothing is as it seems, rife with magic, villains and danger.

I love that this book follows the defendant and not the actual criminals. That adds a new twist to the heist and mystery sub-genre that is so popular right now in YA. I also love that this one adds a magical element as well which ups the ante even further.

55276648The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams

An unforgettable and heartwarming debut about how a chance encounter with a list of library books helps forge an unlikely friendship between two very different people in a London suburb.

Widower Mukesh lives a quiet life in the London Borough of Ealing after losing his beloved wife. He shops every Wednesday, goes to Temple, and worries about his granddaughter, Priya, who hides in her room reading while he spends his evenings watching nature documentaries.

Aleisha is a bright but anxious teenager working at the local library for the summer when she discovers a crumpled-up piece of paper in the back of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a list of novels that she’s never heard of before. Intrigued, and a little bored with her slow job at the checkout desk, she impulsively decides to read every book on the list, one after the other. As each story gives up its magic, the books transport Aleisha from the painful realities she’s facing at home.

When Mukesh arrives at the library, desperate to forge a connection with his bookworm granddaughter, Aleisha passes along the reading list…hoping that it will be a lifeline for him too. Slowly, the shared books create a connection between two lonely souls, as fiction helps them escape their grief and everyday troubles and find joy again.

As readers, I know we all love books about books. And I really like that this one is about how books connect too very different people, especially two people who are struggling. I’m prepared to bust out the tissues for this one!


Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo

Andrew and Eddie did everything together, best friends bonded more deeply than brothers, until Eddie left Andrew behind to start his graduate program at Vanderbilt. Six months later, only days before Andrew was to join him in Nashville, Eddie dies of an apparent suicide. He leaves Andrew a horrible inheritance: a roommate he doesn’t know, friends he never asked for, and a gruesome phantom with bleeding wrists that mutters of revenge.

As Andrew searches for the truth of Eddie’s death, he uncovers the lies and secrets left behind by the person he trusted most, discovering a family history soaked in blood and death. Whirling between the backstabbing academic world where Eddie spent his days and the circle of hot boys, fast cars, and hard drugs that ruled Eddie’s nights, the walls Andrew has built against the world begin to crumble, letting in the phantom that hungers for him.

I’m sure most of you are aware that I don’t read many horror novels. I don’t really enjoy feeling tense the entire time I’m reading, it’s a bit too much for me. I also don’t watch horror films for the same reason. However, something about this book’s synopsis just grabbed me from the get go. It sounds dark but also super compelling and exciting.


The Big Reveal by Jen Larsen

A dazzling YA novel about a girl who isn’t afraid to be big and sexy and dance her heart out, and a discussion-provoking exploration of the mixed messages our society gives young women about their bodies and sexuality.

Addie is a talented dancer, a true-blue friend, fat, fierce, and driven. When she’s accepted into the prestigious dance program of her dreams, she thinks nothing can bring her down—until she realizes she doesn’t have enough money to go. Refusing to give up, Addie and her friends decide to put on a top-secret, invitation-only burlesque show to raise funds. But word soon gets out, and the slut- and body-shaming begin. Has Addie been resisting the patriarchy, or playing right into its hands?

Perfect for fans of Jennifer Mathieu and E. Lockhart, The Big Reveal asks hard-hitting feminist questions while reveling in some of life’s greatest joys: chasing your passions, falling in love, and embracing yourself exactly as you are.

If this is anything like Dumplin’ (fun fact: I only watched the film and LOVED it), then I am all in. I love that this book tackles some hard questions about female sexuality and embracing our bodies. Addie sounds like such a badass!

53175322Root Magic by Eden Royce

A historical ghost story set in South Carolina in the 1960s—a tale of courage, friendship, and Black Girl Magic.

It’s 1963, and things are changing for Jezebel Turner. Her beloved grandmother has just passed away. The local police deputy won’t stop harassing her family. With school integration arriving in South Carolina, Jez and her twin brother, Jay, are about to begin the school year with a bunch of new kids. But the biggest change comes when Jez and Jay turn eleven—and their uncle, Doc, tells them he’s going train them in rootwork.

Jez and Jay have always been fascinated by the African American folk magic that has been the legacy of her family for generations—especially the curious potions and powders Doc and Gran would make for the people on their island. But Jez soon finds out that her family’s true power goes far beyond small charms and elixirs…and not a moment too soon. Because when evil both natural and supernatural comes to show itself in town, it’s going to take every bit of the magic she has inside her to see her through.

I absolutely love that we’re getting more and more diverse books, especially at the middle grade level when children become more aware of the wider world and their place within it. I’ve also always been really interested in learning about root and its history/mythology. What a powerful and fun combination in a children’s book!


Have you added any interesting books to your TBR lately? If so, what were they? Have you read any of the ones on my list?

February Wrap-Up: Reviews, Reading Challenges, etc.

Woohoo, I had a great reading month in February! I’m super back into the reading groove and I even notice that affecting me in general. I’m back into watching Booktube, I browse Goodreads pretty much every day, and I’ve even started listening to podcasts about books. So yeah, I’m feeling really good right now. I also got back into working out at the gym and I can feel such a difference in how I feel physically, especially in regards to my sleeping habits. So yeah, if you’re having trouble falling asleep or sleeping straight through the night on a regular basis, I totally recommend doing some sort of physical workout or even yoga at night before going to bed… And that is my tip for the day! Haha!

Books Read

  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely, #1) by Brigid Kemmerer – physical book, Review
  • Reign of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles, #2) by Helen Scheuerer – audiobook, 4/5 Stars
  • Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3) by Susan Dennard – physical book, Review
  • Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – physical ARC, Review
  • The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy, #2) by S.A. Chakraborty – physical book, Review
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi – physical ARC, Review

Total Books Read: 6

Overall in 2019: 16

Reading Challenge Updates


  • A retelling of a classic – Pride

Goodreads Challenge

Total: 16/75

Previous Total: 10/75

Blog Posts

Book Reviews

WWW Wednesday


Did you get a lot of reading done in February? Were you able to read all of the books on your TBR? Did you read any new favorites? What book did you like the least? What do you plan on reading in March?

WWW Wednesday – February 6th, 2019

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

  • Reign of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles, #2) by Helen Scheuerer – audiobook
  • The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy, #2) by S.A. Chakraborty – physical book

I’m not very far into Reign of Mist but I’m really enjoying it so far. This series is sooo good and I can’t believe I’ve never heard anyone talking about it. It’s fairly gritty and I’d rather classify it as adult fantasy along the lines of The Queen of Tearling, even though it’s being labeled as YA.

I’m not as far into The Kingdom of Copper as I was hoping I’d be by now, but I’ve just been so tired lately that every time I pick it up, I start dozing off. And no, it’s not because the story is boring either. I really hope I can truly dive into this one tonight. I cannot wait to find out what’s going to happen to all of my sweet babies!

What did you recently finish reading?

  • Hear of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles, #1) by Helen Scheuerer – audiobook
  • Archenemies (Renegades, #2) by Marissa Meyer – physical book
  • Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – physical ARC

I absolutely loved Heart of Mist (which is probably obvious since I’m already moving on to the sequel). I love the epic scope of the plot and really like all of the characters. Four Dead Queens was not my favorite read. It was a really forgettable novel and I was super disappointed that all of the interesting pieces couldn’t come together to save the overall story. And I just knew that I was going to love it, too… Archenemies was a pretty good follow-up to Renegades. I was a little sad that we didn’t get to experience more of the Anarchists though this time around, as they were kind of stuck farther in the background. But I’m super excited to see how it’ll all come to a head in the finale!

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi – physical ARC
  • Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms, #6) by Morgan Rhodes – physical book
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely, #1) by Brigid Kemmerer – physical book

Keeping up finishing up my BookCon 2018 ARCs with Pride. I’m always a sucker for a retelling and I think it’s the perfect time to pick this one up since it’s Black History Month. I still feel shame for having put it off for so long. I also need to finish up the Falling Kingdoms series and see how it all ends. And I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally picking up A Curse So Dark and Lonely after reading a sampler of it at BookCon last year. GIMME, GIMME, GIMME!

What are you currently reading? What books did you finish this week? What are you planning on reading next? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!

ARC Review: Four Dead Queens

After the crazy intense situation of obtaining this ARC from the Penguin Teen group at BookCon (I’m sure you’ve probably heard all about that by now), I was really excited to pick up this book. It was incredibly hyped and I’ll admit that I fell for it hook, line, and sinker. Unfortunately, Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.

Get in quick, get out quicker.

These are the words Keralie Corrington lives by as the preeminent dipper in the Concord, the central area uniting the four quadrants of Quadara. She steals under the guidance of her mentor Mackiel, who runs a black market selling their bounty to buyers desperate for what they can’t get in their own quarter. For in the nation of Quadara, each quarter is strictly divided from the other. Four queens rule together, one from each region:

Toria: the intellectual quarter that values education and ambition
Ludia: the pleasure quarter that values celebration, passion, and entertainment
Archia: the agricultural quarter that values simplicity and nature
Eonia: the futurist quarter that values technology, stoicism and harmonious community

When Keralie intercepts a comm disk coming from the House of Concord, what seems like a standard job goes horribly wrong. Upon watching the comm disks, Keralie sees all four queens murdered in four brutal ways. Hoping that discovering the intended recipient will reveal the culprit – information that is bound to be valuable bartering material with the palace – Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt, the Eonist messenger she stole from, to complete Varin’s original job and see where it takes them.

Scholte’s world-building in this novel was probably the most interesting part of the story. I really liked how the kingdom is split up into the four different sections and how each one is focused on only one aspect, with interactions between them very limited. While it kind of reminds me of other fantasy or dystopian worlds, I liked how it was different in that each section is ruled by a separate queen and yet they all rule together. Unfortunately, I wished that we had gotten to experience more of the different quadrants. Instead, we only get to see two of the four, which I think really takes away from the experience. You have such an interesting world and yet, the reader doesn’t get to experience it fully.

Our main character, Keralie, was pretty much your standard YA heroine who just happens to be the greatest thief. Yes yes, I’m quite aware that this is definitely not a new trope by any means. And it’s not helped at all by the fact that Keralie just doesn’t stand out much on her own either. I felt like her personality was kind of all over the place. Sometimes she would be flirty and confident, while other times she was closed off and emotional. I could never get a read on what the author wanted her to be. This made it really difficult for me to connect with her character. Then you have the love interest, Varin, who was ever more closed-off due to the environment and quadrant he was from. Other than him being super attractive, he didn’t really contribute to the story. The only interesting characters were the four queens, as they each had very different personalities and I feel their chapters were the strongest by far. But I won’t say much more about them, as that will ruin some of the story.

Begin this brand year on the right track! You can do it!

I did like the murder mystery aspect and how it was played out by the alternating POVs. It kept the plot moving along and was the only thing really keeping my attention. I was genuinely interested in who the murderer was and their motive. I thought Scholte did a good job of building the tension while giving a few plot twists and reveals to keep you guessing. I was personally a little underwhelmed by the big reveal though. I felt that after such a good buildup, the reveal just wasn’t able to pack as big of a punch.

Overall, I feel like this book was fairly forgettable. It had a lot of interesting parts but they were never expanded on enough to really pull the book together. The main character lacked any depth and I feel that focusing the majority of the story on the palace, we are never able to really experience the world that Scholte created. I feel like maybe some of the issues with the story could’ve been fixed if it wasn’t limited to a standalone but I applaud the author for trying to write a fantasy standalone, as those are few and far between.

Final Verdict: 2/5 Stars

Have you read Four Dead Queens yet? If so, what did you think of it? Did you enjoy it more than I did? What did you think about Keralie as a main character? Do you think this would’ve been better suited for a series rather than a standalone?

WWW Wednesday – January 23rd, 2019

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

  • Heart of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles, #1) by Helen Scheuerer – audiobook
  • Archenemies (Renegades, #2) by Marissa Meyer – physical book

Well I’m only about a third of the way through Heart of Mist, but I am LOVING it. The world is so interesting and I love how engrossing each of the POVs are. I’m also really enjoying Bleak as a main character. I cannot wait to continue on with this story to find out what will happen next. If you like a complex fantasy story with a lot of POVs, I definitely recommend picking this one up.

I’m not very far into Archenemies but I’m enjoying getting back into this world. I’m really interested in seeing where Meyer plans on going with this story, as I have a feeling it’s going to get dark pretty fast… And. I. Here. For. It.

What did you recently finish reading?

  • The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta – physical ARC, review to come
  • Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha, #1) by Tasha Suri – physical ARC, REVIEW
  • The Disasters by M.K. England – audiobook
  • Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns, #3) by Kendare Blake – physical book

The Brilliant Death started off a little rocky for me. The writing wasn’t all that good starting off. However, it did seem to get a lot better as the story moved along. I will say that this is more of an Italy-inspired fantasy story, with little in the way of true mafia inspiration (just your usual marketing ploy failure!!!). But I enjoyed the political plot and exploration of gender-fluidity.

My feelings on Empire of Sand was that it was really hit or miss in areas. The world-building was amazing and overall plot was interesting, but the characters were a bit flat and lacked any personality. I also felt like the pacing was very off, especially in the middle part where the action was REALLY lacking.

While The Disasters plot was engaging and fast-paced, I felt all of the character relationships were pretty surface level and lacked any real depth. I would’ve liked to see more personal interactions between them. The ending also felt a bit rushed, but I think that’s because the author was trying to cram too much into a standalone novel. Had she added another 100 pages or so, the rushed ending and lack of character depth could have been addressed.

I’m obviously trash for the Three Dark Crowns series, so all I can say is that I loved this latest release. It was engaging, dramatic, and just as dark as the previous books. I NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW!

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • The Kingdon of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy, #2) by S.A. Chakraborty – physical book
  • Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – physical ARC
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi – physical ARC

My copy of The Kingdom of Copper arrived yesterday and I know I can’t put off picking up this amazing novel for too long. I also plan to continue on completing my collection of BookCon ARCs that I still haven’t picked up yet. I really need to not put off BookCon 2019’s pick ups this year. I swear to read them all before their due dates! Definitely adding that to my 2019 reading goals, ha!

What are you currently reading? What books did you finish this week? What are you planning on reading next? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday – January 16th, 2019

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?


  • Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns, #3) by Kendare Blake – physical book

I’m about 100 pages into this book right now and am really enjoying it. I had kind of forgotten what had happened in the previous book, but I’m slowly starting to remember it all as I get more into this book. I just love how dark this series is and I can’t wait to find out what twisted situation happens in this book!

What did you recently finish reading?

  • The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2) by Holly Black – physical book, REVIEW
  • Thirteen Rising (Zodiac, #4) by Romina Russell – physical book
  • Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1) by Ken Follett – physical book

I actually had a really good reading week completing three full books. I don’t want to toot my own horn but that’s unheard of for me, so I’m pretty happy about it. I think my favorite of the three is going to be Fall of Giants. Follett just writes historical fiction like no one else and I learned soooo much more about WWI and the political sphere leading up to it then I ever did in school. I also really enjoyed The Wicked King. It was much more engaging from the very first page than the first book was. And that ending?! Such a great cliffhanger. Thirteen Rising was good but it didn’t quite live up to the previous books for me, which stinks since this was the finale. I still recommend everyone to read this series though!

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – physical ARC
  • Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha, #1) by Tasha Suri – physical ARC
  • We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix – physical ARC

It’s finally time to complete all of my BookCon 2018 ARCS that I picked up. I’ve read a couple of them but I grabbed so many and am such a mood reader, that I haven’t gotten to the rest of them. Well fear not, as that is my current reading goal – read them all over the next month! So just be ready to get a bunch of Fall/Winter 2018 release reviews.

What are you currently reading? What books did you finish this week? What are you planning on reading next? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!

My 2019 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge TBR

For the past couple of years I have participated in the annual POPSUGAR reading challenge… and with abysmal results. However, it’s a new year (unfortunately, same me) and I’m really going to try and actually complete it this year. It’s always a long shot for me as some of the prompts don’t really excite me for one reason or another (like I really don’t appreciate poetry.. oops?). But I’m going to do my best to finish this really intense reading challenge this year. It’s going to be a uphill battle, but I’m willing to make the trek! And for me, the best way to do so is to plan ahead with a TBR. I’ve actually come up with a couple of options for some of the prompts to help with my indecisive reading habits.

If you would like to learn more about this reading challenge, please visit the official Goodreads reading group. They have tons of participants and also discussions on books that would work for each prompt. It’s quite possibly the best group on Goodreads that I’ve ever come across. NO LIE.

A Book Becoming A Movie In 2019

A Book That Makes You Nostalgic

A Book Written By A Musician (Fiction Or Nonfiction)

A Book You Think Should Be Turned Into A Movie

A Book With At Least One Million Ratings On Goodreads

A Book With A Plant In The Title Or On The Cover

A Reread Of A Favorite Book

A Book About A Hobby

A Book You Meant To Read In 2018

A Book With “Pop”, “Sugar”, “Challenge” In The Title

A Book With An Item Of Clothing Or Accessory On The Cover

A Book Inspired By Myth/Legend/Folklore

A Book Published Posthumously

A Book You See Someone Reading On TV Or In A Movie

A Retelling Of A Classic

A Book With A Question In The Title

A Book Set On A College Or University Campus

A Book About Someone With A Superpower

A Book Told From Multiple POVs

A Book Set In Space

A Book By Two Female Authors

A Book With “Salty”, “Sweet”, “Bitter”, or “Spicy” In The Title

A Book Set In Scandinavia

A Book That Takes Place In A Single Day

A Debut Novel

A Book Featuring An Extinct Or Imaginary Creature

A Book Recommended By A Celebrity You Admire

A Book With “Love” In The Title

A Book Featuring An Amateur Detective

A Book About A Family

A Book Written By An Author From Asia, Africa, or South America

A Book With A Zodiac Sign or Astrology Term In The Title

A Book That Includes A Wedding

A Book By An Author Whose First And Last Names Start With The Same Letter

A Ghost Story

A Book With A Two Word Title

A Novel Based On A True Story

A Book Around A Puzzle Or Game

Your Favorite Prompt From A Past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Are you participating in the POPSUGAR reading challenge this year? If so, have you figured out your TBR already? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think about them?

My BookCon Book Haul!


This past weekend, I got to fly to NYC and spend the entire time gallivanting around BookCon with one of my friends! We had such an amazing time chatting with other book lovers, discovering new releases, and just completely engrossing ourselves within the book community. This was our second time attending, the first being the year it was held in Chicago, and I highly recommend going at least once in your life if you have the chance. I personally felt that the event was better organized when it was held in Chicago, but I still really enjoyed NY as well.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to snag any tickets for autographs with the bigger authors. But I was still able to get a few that didn’t require tickets, such as Naomi Novik, Grady Hendrix, and Natasha Ngan! I tried to wait in line for Victoria Schwab’s signing but we were 161st in line and it didn’t even start for almost two hours, so we figured we could do more in those two hours and ended up getting out of the line. Smart choice too, because then we were able snag PenguinTeen’s mystery 2019 ARC! Eeeeeeeeekkkkkk!

Anyways… now on to the haul! (Which is really the only reason you’re reading this post, let’s be real. Haha!)


  • Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
  • The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
  • Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
  • The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves, #1) by Sally Green
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  • Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist
  • Reign the Earth (The Elementae, #1) by A.C. Gaughen

I will admit that I bought a couple of these, but the rest I won in giveaways/games during the convention. I’m probably most excited about Neverworld Wake, Devils Unto Dust, and Love and Luck. I have been anxiously awaiting for the release of The Smoke Thieves but have tempered my hopes a bit after reading some very mixed reviews.


  • Lies, Love, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Julie Wright
  • Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #3) by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Rabbit & Robot by Andrew Smith

Sooooooo… I guess this means I need to read the first two books in Stalking Jack the Ripper series, huh? Yup, that’s exactly what it means. Also, I hadn’t heard of Rabbit & Robot before I won this book, but now I’m really excited to pick it up. It sounds all kinds of wacky fun set in space. Sign me up!

  • That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger
  • We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix – signed
  • Kill the Farm Boy (The Tales of Pell, #1) by Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne

All three of these books were new to me when I picked them up, but each sounds amazing. I’m super excited to dive into a little horror, some comedic fantasy, and even heavy contemporary (which we all know is not something I typically go for). I think Kill the Farm Boy could be a potential new favorite for me.

  • Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – signed

I wish I had a video of the madness that occurred while trying to line up for the Naomi Novik signing. It was literally a freaking mosh pit, as people tried snatching the tickets they were handing out to get a book. IT WAS INSANE! I mean, security literally had to come up and push everyone back. But luckily I got a ticket and was able to get a personalized ARC and meet Novik… Fangirl moment!

  • Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – signed
  • Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – PenguinTeen mystery 2019 ARC
  • The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta

All of these books sound completely amazing, but I’m probably most excited about Empire of Sand and Four Dead Queens. The Brilliant Death has one of the most intriguing plots that I’ve heard of in a long time. I’ll be very interested in picking it up soon! I’ve also been hearing good things about Girls of Paper and Fire, which makes me excited!

Overall, I’m extremely thrilled with my BookCon book haul! I have been introduced to some amazing new books that I haven’t heard of before and that’s the best thing about it. I can’t wait to pick up all of these books!!!

Did you attend BookCon? If so, what books did you get there? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Are any of these books new to you?